Kolkata may lose other three WC matches also

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Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 10:39 [IST]
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Kol may lose other three WC matches also

Kolkata's Eden Gardens has already lost the chance to host the India-England World Cup tie to Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium. Now, if the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) doesn't get its act together and complete construction on the roof of the stadium, they might even lose the rights to hosting the other three matches that it is scheduled for.

The reason for Eden Garden's predicament is that among the list of dos that ICC has handed out before they carry out another round of inspection on February 7, a major point was completion of the "remaining roof construction and covering work in the two rebuilt stands by February 14."

The three remaining matches at the Eden are Ireland vs South Africa (March 15), Ireland vs Netherlands (March 18) and Kenya vs Zimbabwe (March 20).

It is learnt that the CAB has agreed to all other points other than the roof construction as they only plan to start the work after the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League is over.

"At this point of time, we are not in a position to touch the construction of the roof. We will be intimating that to the International Cricket Council's inspection team that will arrive on February 7. Also it's not possible for us to construct the roof on the Ranji Stands (J, J1 Blocks) and also the K Block," a senior CAB office bearer told PTI on Monday.

Having already created an impression of possessing a high-handed attitude, Jagmohan Dalmiya and his team could be in for more trouble from the world cricket body, which he once headed.


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